I am always honored to say that the entire mission of For Nurses By Nurses Productions is helping advance health equity. In addition, we educate on the importance of history and the intersection of health outcomes. With that in mind, I would like to take a moment to highlight the importance of representation in all that we do.
Through our annual health equity campaign we are doing our part in bringing continued awareness and reflection on the contributions of nurses to medicine, research and science. So, as part of our current WOMEN'S HISTORY FILM TOUR 2023, we celebrate today, International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and give homage to those who have gone before us.
The History. Our Story.
On August 8, 1963 three African American nurses protested segregated staff areas at Dixie Hospital, in Hampton, Va. Mildred Smith, Patricia Taylor (McKenzie), and Agnes Stokes (Chisman) decided to take a stand and sit in the whites-only cafeteria of the hospital rather than in the basement classroom designated for non-whites. The three women were fired on the second day of their sit-in and sued the hospital for racial discrimination. Our documentary, THE DIXIE 3: A STORY ON CIVIL RIGHTS IN NURSING brings this case to light and engages a candid conversation on education, racism and health equality. The film is part of our WOMEN'S HISTORY FILM TOUR 2023 and registered nurses, Melanie Outlaw, Angela Mitchell, and TWanda Lowrey were exceptional in their portrayal of these iconic women.
As we near the end of the first quarter of 2023, be encouraged to continue your efforts in diversity, inclusion, equity and health for all.